Just a text away: ‘Sextortion’ cases skyrocket as smartphone access increases among children

Posing as a young woman on Facebook, a 26-year-old man from Lincoln duped five teenage boys from Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa into sharing explicit photos and videos of themselves.

In another recent case, after meeting a 12-year-old Georgia girl on the smartphone game Clash of Clans, a 37-year-old man from Omaha convinced the girl to send him nude photos of herself. He claimed he was 18.

And in a third case, nude photos a teenage Nebraska girl sent to an adult were traded and used as leverage to get her to send more to another man.

Online child-exploitation cases like these are signs of a new age, in which pedophiles have unprecedented access to children, says Nebraska State Patrol Sgt. Cory Townsend, who heads the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force. Read More.